Water Survival Box


Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club has for many years supported the charity, Water Survival Box, which is the initiative of one of our neighbouring clubs, the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge. Its primary purpose is to provide a means of purifying water for the benefit of families that survive natural or man-made disasters. It was developed out of work undertaken at the time of the Asian Tsunami in 2004 and a charitable trust in the form of a limited company was established in 2006.

Clean water is essential to protect against water-borne disease. In most natural disasters, homes have been destroyed and all possessions lost. The box also contains a range of essential survival items including cooking pots, bowls/plates, mugs, and utensils; health and hygiene items; basic shelter and simple tools.

The first consignment of 60 Water Survival Boxes was sent to the Philippines following a devastating typhoon. Since that time aid has been sent to many countries in SE Asia, Africa, S America and the Caribbean. The trustees have a policy of continuous improvement through continual review, informed by feedback from those involved in distributing our boxes and on-going research. The box, water purification kit, other contents, as well as methods of delivery and distribution have all been improved.

Management of the project and the practical work involved is all done by volunteers from Rotary, Inner Wheel, Schools, and local community groups. In this way every pound donated is converted into Water Survival boxes or helps pay for the cost of air freight.

Many of our members have enjoyed the practical work by filling the boxes with all the useful equipment to help people survive a disaster.